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Oroville City

Oroville City Hall is located at 1735 Montgomery Street, Oroville, CA 95965; phone: 530-538-2401.

Beginnings [1]

Known as the "City of Gold," Oroville began its history along the Feather River before the Gold Rush of 1848. The discovery of gold at Bidwell Bar, located just east of where the City sits today, led to the creation of one of the first gold-mining sites in California. Now situated under Lake Oroville, Bidwell Bar brought thousands of prospectors to the Oroville area seeking gold. Many of Oroville's historic homes and mansions are remnants from early settlers of this time who made their fortunes from the Gold Rush.

Today, Oroville is most famous for being the site of the Oroville Dam and is the starting point for the State Water Project (SWP), which stores and delivers water to over two-thirds of California's population. From the Oroville Dam's spillway, the Feather River provides an open space corridor through the center of the city. The Feather River winds its way through the Feather River Canyon, past Oroville's historic downtown, and out to the Oroville State Wildlife Area on the southwestern edge of Oroville. Along with Lake Oroville, the city is bordered to the west by several other large bodies of water, which are part of the SWP and make up the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area.

  1. City of Oroville, 2030 General Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Report, www.cityoforoville.org, accessed June, 2011.
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